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MSW Social Work Degree

The Department of Social Work at North Carolina Central University is committed to recruiting applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are seeking students who are interested in working in a broad range of social work practice settings where children and juveniles and their families are the populations of interest. For example, we are seeking students who will work to enhance the quality of life for poor and oppressed populations living in urban areas.

The MSW Program is a two-year full time program. Classes are conducted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6:00-8:30) and all day on Saturday (9:00-4:00).

Students are in their field placement 16 hours a week (2 days) during the foundation/1st year of the program; and, 24 hours a week (3 days) during the advanced/concentration or 2nd year of the program. There are no exceptions to field. The Director of Field Education cannot guarantee evening or weekend placements. All students must satisfy the practicum hours to be in compliance with our accrediting agency, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and to meet the eligibility requirements for candidacy.

Goals of the MSW Program are to:
  • Prepare students with the skills of advanced generalist practice essential for working with individuals, families, organizations and communities with a specific focus on at-risk populations based upon socioeconomic and minority status. This goal is grounded in the Programs mission statement which focuses upon the education of advanced social work practitioners skilled in the promotion of social change at the individual, group, organizational and community levels of interventions that further the achievement of social and economic justice.
  • Prepare students with advanced skills essential for impacting upon the local and regional communities outside the university through scholarly research and active participation in community problem solving. This goal is grounded in the part of the Programs mission statement that addresses the Departments and the University's commitment to applying its knowledge and expertise to community problem-solving.
  • Prepare students with specialized skills essential for working with at-risk children and families with a special focus on the development, delivery, and management of services across an array of practice settings. This goal is related to the part of the Programs mission statement that reflects our committed to the education of advanced social work practitioners skilled in the promotion of social change at the individual, group, organizational and community levels of interventions that further the achievement of social and economic justice.
  • Prepare students with specialized skills essential for working with juveniles and their families with a special focus on gangs, and other youth issues impacting upon urban areas. This goal is related to the part of the Programs mission statement that reflects our commitment to the use of our knowledge and expertise to impact upon community problems associated with our urban setting. Some of the most intractable problems include crime, gangs, and family disorganization.

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Additional Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of thirty three hours of graduate courses of which twenty four hours in sociology with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Major requirements include:
  • SOCG 5200, Advanced Social Statistics.
  • Two of the following:  SOCG 5300, Techniques of Data Collection and Analysis, SOCG5350, Survey Research, or EASC5120, Digital Graphics Information Systems.
  • SOCG 5400, Social Theory.
  • Fifteen additional semester hours of graduate sociology or cognate courses.
  • SOCG 5900, Thesis (Six Hours).

Required Standardized Test:  GRE
Minimum Admissions Requirements: In addition to an acceptable GRE score, applicants must submit transcripts showing completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with an acceptable GPA. In addition to those with an undergraduate degree in Sociology, the program encourages applications from students who have completed degrees in other fields.


Contact Information
Name: Vanessa Hodges, Professor, Department of Social Work
Email: vhodges@nccu.edu
Phone: (919) 530-6287
Fax: (919) 530-7924
Office Location: 201 J Miller-Morgan Building
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